Child Care Advisory Council Meeting January 25, 2023

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1:00 - 2:15 pm: Full Council

  • Welcome to 2023!
  • Approval of Minutes: November 2022
  • CCAC 2023 Updates
  • Meeting cadence
  • Member survey
  • IDHS Updates
  • FFY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill and CCDBG increase
  • Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Update
  • Quality and Workforce Committee Recommendations
  • Presentation: University of Chicago Harris Policy Lab and Chapin Hall Break: 2:15-2:30 pm

2:30 - 3:40 pm Committees

3:40 - 3:55 pm Regroup and Discussion 3:55 - 4:00 pm Public Comment


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Approval of Minutes

CCAC 2023 Updates
  •  Meeting cadence proposal: move to quarterly full Council meetings
  •  Member survey forthcoming

IDHS Updates: Federal Appropriations

FFY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (federal)

 Signed into law 12/29/22

 Includes funding increases for child care, Early Intervention, MIECHV, and Head Start

  • $8B+ in CCDBG total annual discretionary funds
    • $1.9B (30%) increase
  • Estimated Illinois increase:
    • GY 2022 Discretionary Funds: $179.7M
    • GY 2023 Discretionary Funds: $234.9M
    • Increase: $55M
  • Topics covered so far:
    • Base-operating contracts overview
    • Proposed Workforce Compensation Contracts
    • Proposed Quality Support Contracts
    • Proposed Targeted Supports
  • Goals:
    • Build shared understanding of initial direction under consideration
    • Identify initial questions or concerns to explore
    • Discuss anticipated path forward
  • Upcoming Meeting Focus Areas

    •  Explore contracts for providers with multiple public funding streams (e.g., Head Start, PFA)
    •  More feedback on revised drafts
    • Discuss and plan what implementation would look like

Quality and Workforce Committee Recommendations

Shared Services

Recommendation: The Quality and Workforce (Q&W) subcommittee recommends IDHS explores the concept of a shared service model for our early education and care field.

Rationale: To support IDHS CCDF plan 7.3 Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) or Another System of Quality Improvements

  • 7.3.5 Does the state/territory provide financial incentives and other supports designed to expand the full diversity of child care options and help child care providers improve the quality of services that are provided through the QRIS or another system of quality improvement

Q&W is submitting a recommendation to gauge the Department's interest in further exploring a shared service concept. Q&W Committee has preliminary explored shared service models of practice such as: shared service field leader of Louise Stoney, and models from Wisconsin and Iowa (both states using ARPA funds). The Committee has discussed types of shared service models to include a range of services and functions: substitute pool technology, scheduling and billing technology, purchasing (based of INCCRRA COVID PPE model), and employee benefits (health and life insurance, 401k).

We are at a crossroads and as IDHS strategic thought partner, Q&W wants to "test the interest and will" along with the financial implications

for IDHS and shared services models.

Who will Benefit: The community based providers (CBOs), family child care, and family, friend, and neighbor providers (FFN).

Financial Implication: This recommendation does not have a financial impact; it is only exploratory. If through the next steps it is determined that shared services models need to be researched further, additional dollars may be needed for consultants, surveys, and service model determination.

Burden: Do not anticipate any burden.

$1 Co-Pay for Child Care Staff

Recommendation: The Quality and Workforce (Q&W) subcommittee recommends IDHS to create a CCAP "special population" so that all early

education and care staff and school age programs members can receive a $1.00 copay rather than those who only qualify for CCAP.


CCDF 6. Recruit and Retain a Qualified and Effective Child Care Workforce

  •  6.1.3 Describe how the framework improves the quality, diversity, stability, and retention of caregivers, teachers, and directors (98.44(a)(7)).

CCDF 7.0 Support Continuous Quality Improvement

  •  7.40 Improving the Supply and Quality of Child Care Programs and Services for Infants and Toddler

July 1, 2022 IDHS allowed $1.00 copay for those parents who work directly in a child care environment if the client is not over income limits. The anecdotal feedback has been this is helpful tool for parents who are working in the child care field as a recruitment and retention tool. However, this recommendation would widen the population served to include all early care and education and school age programs so more people could benefit from the $1.00 copay.

Who will Benefit: Parents/guardians who are working in child care settings and who are parents of young children will have the option to work and will have affordable and accessible child care. Children of parents working in child care settings who will have increased continuity of care and stability based on the projection that children will be enrolled and retained in the child care setting until kindergarten transition. Child care centers will benefit through stabilizing their workforce through the universal $1.00 child care copay. By creating a special population for child care employees and decoupling from CCAP eligibility there is an opportunity to offer a state supported benefit that will increase staff retention. In addition, child care centers potentially will have increased child enrollment. Child care field will benefits as well with more people interested in working in child care settings, there will be a pipeline of our future workforce that can be trained, educated, and become our child care experts.

Financial Implication: Yes, there will be a financial impact as it will increase the number of people/families who qualify for the $1.00 copay that is not based on income eligibility.

Burden: There may be a financial burden on IDHS to cover the cost.

Presentation: University of Chicago Harris Policy Lab and Chapin Hall


Return at 2:30 pm

Thank you!

Next meeting: February 3, 2023 from 1:00 4:00pm